Smartphone is one of those devices we use throughout the day. From making calls to watching videos and listening to music, we always keep our phones engaged. Furthermore, we also install apps frequently; keep clicking new images, and download videos & songs. As all these files get stored on the phones memory, the available space keeps reducing.
Also, we love to open multiple tabs and perform numerous tasks at the same time. Naturally, this puts immense pressure on the phone’s memory, battery and other resources, and it eventually takes a toll on its performance. Thus, you’d feel that your phone is running slow, but before making any conclusions, it makes sense to measure its performance. So, how do you measure if your phone is performing at an optimal speed? Benchmarks and bench marking apps are the answer.
Benchmarks are software-driven tests with preprogrammed operations. They measure the performance of different components of your smartphone and compare them against each other. Using them, you can calculate the performance of your phones processor and other internal resources. So, once you upgrade any of the components, usually it’s your phone’s RAM, you can easily find out the extra-output by re-running the benchmark tests.
You can also use Bench marking apps specifically developed for the mobile platform. Even the apps have similar preprogrammed functions to test the internal components. For instance, a benchmark for browsers might reload the same page several times to check how the app copes. Similarly, a benchmark for graphics would render a complex scene on screen and check how fast the phone can display the entire thing.
Of course, these benchmarks may not be able to compare the performance of one phone with another due to differences in models and brands. However, they can give the much-needed info about the speed and responsiveness of your phone. As different models are built and optimized differently, these benchmarks aren’t particularly useful for comparing one phone with another. What they do is help you track the performance of your device over time. It should tell you if you’re getting the speed and responsiveness you want from your phone.
Specialized performance-tracking apps can also help you test more specific aspects such as your web browser and battery, and help you calibrate your mobile experience For instance, you can use such apps to check if your internet service provider (ISP) is providing the promised speeds. However, you may have to run these tests a couple of times and consider the average. Few of these apps are available for free but add-free versions you may have to pay a nominal fee periodically.
Moreover, you can find many comprehensive bench marking tools for both Android and iOS, and keep running them on a regular basis to make sure your phone keeps giving you a satisfactory level of performance.